Mentoring

The Director, in consultation with the FAC and the faculty member to be mentored, will determine an appropriate choice of mentor (considering factors such as academic/performance area, level of experience, etc.). The selection of mentor will be made shortly after the hire of the new faculty member.

 

The mentor will meet with the Tenure Track mentee approximately once per month during the academic year or, at a minimum of three times per semester, until the faculty member has achieved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. The mentor will meet with the Non-Tenure Track mentee approximately once per month during the academic year or, at a minimum of three times per semester, until the faculty member has successfully completed both the third-year and sixth-year reviews.

 

Discussions between the mentor and mentee will include:

1. Student evaluations and any student concerns

2. Past reappointments, addressing any concerns raised by FAC/Ad Hoc or CAC

3. Peer evaluations, addressing any concerns raised in peer reviews

4. Upcoming reappointment, tenure or promotion, including a cursory reading/proofreading of CV, narrative and syllabi (before the semester begins) with feedback from the mentor

5. General progress towards RTP with specific roadmaps in the areas of research, teaching and service

6. Ways in which faculty, staff and administration can continue to support the efforts of the faculty member towards RTP

7. Available resources and service organizations both on and off campus that might assist the mentee

8. Any other concerns the mentor or mentee might wish to express

 

The mentor may be invited to FAC/Ad hoc evaluation meetings of the mentee, at which point the mentor may be asked to speak first during these discussions.

 

At times, the mentor might assist with communication between the mentee and faculty/administration as appropriate.

 

The mentor does not receive compensation or load credit for the duties listed above. Mentorship is considered service and may be described as such when applying for merit pay and/or promotion.

 

The mentee will provide all materials (student/peer evaluations, syllabi, CV, reappointment/tenure narratives) to the mentor in a timely fashion. With regards to the reading/proofreading of reappointment narrative and CV, it is suggested that the mentee provide the mentor with these materials two weeks prior to the official due date.

 

New Hires: The Director and Assistant to the Director will meet with new hires shortly after hire to convey information about day-to-day operations within the School of Music, such as the posting of office hours, submission of CV and syllabi, and other information contained within the School of Music Handbook.